Favourite Cathy McCourt is one to watch in Magherafelt

Cathy McCourt
Cathy McCourt

Cathy McCourt will start favourite for Saturday’s Stunnerz N Runnerz Ladies Only 5 Miles Road Race in Magherafelt which is expected to attract a field of over 300.

The event promoted by Sperrin Harriers starts and finishes at Meadowbank Sports Arena over a slightly revamped course.

Cathy who has been warm weather training in America took victories at Whitehead and the Runher 10K before coming first at the Fairhill race in Ballymena a week ago.

Last year’s winner Suzanne Higgins will go well.

Dungannon third placer Pauline McGurren and the improving Ciara Coyle will go well.

There is a generous prize list in all categories plus team awards and spot prizes. The nominated charity is the Niamh Louise Foundation with a portion of each entry going to this cause.

The action starts at 12noon.

Also on Saturday there will be a huge turnout for the Enniskillen 10K which is promoted by the local council and community association from the Lakeside Forum.

With last year’s winner Glenn Pharr unlikely to compete Conan McCaughey from Enniskillen will battle with runner up Paul Barbour. Fergus McGirr, Stephen Cassidy and Brian McGread will be among the challengers.

The Ladies race looks to be wide open with Tara Malone likely to win unless Omagh based Kenyan Selinah Kangogo makes an appearance.

The runners get underway at 2pm.

Seamus Lynch should notch up another victory on Sunday in the fifth round of the Northern Ireland Mountain Championship from Flagstaff to Carlingford over an eleven miles course including 3,000 feet of climb.

The Newcastle man has come first in the series at Glenariffe, Donard/Commedagh and Annalong as well as dominating the Hill and Dale series and will be hot favourite.

Ultra specialist Jonny Steede, Paul McAnespie third last year, Sam Heron, David Steele and Deon McNeely will all be among the leaders.

Defending champion Diane Wilson can take the Ladies from Shileen O’Kane with Jacqui Toal, Catherine O’Connor, Hazel McLaughlin and Anne Sanford all likely to feature.